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Jackson, Mississippi April 10, 2001

United States Attorney
Southern District of Mississippi
188 East Capital Street, Suite 500
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
Tel.: 601-965-4480

Former Sheriff Deputies Sentenced to Jail for Education Fraud Conspiracy

James B. Tucker, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, announced that BRUCE G. CARVER, SR., 58, of Long Beach, and EDMUND J. HUGUET, SR., 44, of Saucier, Mississippi, were sentenced today for their involvement in a conspiracy to defraud a federally funded inmate education program at the Harrison County Jail. Both defendants were sentenced before United States District Judge Walter J. Gex, III, in federal district court in Biloxi. Defendant CARVER was sentenced to 31 months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $71,906.00 in restitution. Defendant HUGUET was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $70,742.00 in restitution. Both defendants will remain on bond pending reporting for sentencing on June 11, 2001.

Defendants CARVER and HUGUET were found guilty on October 5, 2000, when the jury returned a verdict of guilty against both defendants on all counts following a two-week trial. As described in the indictment, defendant CARVER and HUGUET served as Deputy Sheriffs with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department and instructors with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. As charged in the indictment, the defendants falsely represented that inmates at the Harrison County Jail earned grades as students who had satisfactorily completed the course requirements under the inmate training program. The indictments alleged that the defendants prepared false documents, including grade sheets, fraudulently representing that inmates had satisfied the requirements for their courses of instruction, whereas, in truth, during some or all of the period of instruction, a substantial number of these inmates were either not incarcerated at the Harrison County Jail or were assigned to other work areas.

According to the indictment, both defendants participated in a conspiracy to obtain money by fraud in a value of $5,000.00 or more which was under the control of an organization receiving more than $10,000.00 in benefits annually under a Federal program. The conspiracy also involved making and using false writings containing materially false statements in a matter within the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Education.

Under the inmate program which was funded in part with federal funds, each instructor was required to teach a minimum of ten students per semester. The areas of instruction included food preparation, automotive, agricultural business, and welding. CARVER served as a food service instructor for the program; HUGUET was automotive instructor.

Assistant United States Attorneys GAINES CLEVELAND and PETER BARRETT are the prosecutors in charge of the case.

Mr. TUCKER praised the efforts of the United States Department of Education Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their diligent work in the investigation of this case.

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